August 8, 2022
realme x3 superzoom first impressions

The new Realme X3 series is all about providing the experience of a flagship smartphone with more focus on the cameras, while keeping the pricing as aggressive as possible. Realme just announced the X3 and X3 SuperZoom smartphones, and today, we’ll be taking a look at the latter.

The Realme X3 SuperZoom boasts of a periscope-style telephoto camera, which we have typically seen in phones that cost a lot. It enables 60x hybrid zoom, which is impressive considering the phone’s price. There are also many other flagship-level features like 120Hz display, fast RAM and storage, a powerful processor and fast charging.

We start with the design. Apart from the Realme X (Review), which featured a pop-up selfie camera, most of the Realme line-up follows the same design principles. Where Realme does something new is in the pattern of the back of its phone. Each new model gets a slightly different finish or design at the back, which helps keep things fresh. Realme sent me the Arctic White color of the X3 SuperZoom, which I think looks really cool. The matte finish has a satin-like texture, and the colors change smoothly depending on the angle you look at. It actually reminds me a lot of the OnePlus 6 Silk White Edition.

Build quality also looks great, and there are rounded corners and edges all around, so the X3 SuperZoom is comfortable to hold. Although it is slightly larger and heavier, it weighs 202 grams. Button placement is convenient, and the X3 SuperZoom has a capacitive fingerprint sensor in the power button on the right, which works as expected.

Realme has skipped the in-display sensor as this phone has an LCD panel instead of an AMOLED one. The display in question is a 6.6-inch panel with full-HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. This is the highest refresh rate ever on a realme device.

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The Realme X3 SuperZoom has a periscope-style telephoto camera

With the little time I spent using the X3 SuperZoom, I noticed that the display can get really bright and colors are punchy. However, to truly enjoy any content, the brightness level needs to be pushed high enough. The screen feels a bit sluggish when using this phone indoors at medium to low brightness.

The Realme UI feels fast and fluid thanks to the high refresh rate, and I’ll be testing it with games as well, so keep an eye out for a full review coming soon.

Part of Android’s flair also has to do with the processor. The X3 SuperZoom uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, which is currently the fastest non-5G SoC for Android phones. Realme also claims that this phone can push for the highest AnTuTu score compared to any other phone with the same chip. So far, the SoC is performing well and I haven’t noticed any heating issues, but I’ll get my final reports about that in a full review.

I am using the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which costs Rs. 32,999. There is also a less expensive variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage at Rs. 27,999. You get dual-SIM support but there is no option to expand the storage.

Other features include a 4,200mAh battery with 30W ‘Dart Charge’ fast charging, a single bottom-firing speaker, and support for the usual wireless and navigation systems. I wish Realme had included the faster 50W charging and stereo speakers found with the Realme X2 Pro (Review).

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The Realme X3 SuperZoom packs in a lot of high-end features for a relatively low price

Okay, let’s move on to the main party trick of the X3 SuperZoom – the periscopic zoom camera. The overall camera setup is the same as what you find on the Realme X50 Pro 5G (Review), with the main change being the telephoto camera. Realme has used an 8-megapixel sensor with a periscope-style lens, similar to what you find in the Huawei P30 Pro (Review) and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Review). It’s capable of an impressive 5x optical zoom, and can go up to 60x hybrid zoom. I still have a lot of testing to do, but the initial samples I took certainly look promising. It will be fun to see how the Realme X3 SuperZoom compares to the OnePlus 8 Pro (Review) and the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Review).

Other rear cameras are a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, there is a 32-megapixel main and 8-megapixel wide-angle camera.

Realme has also added new features to the camera app. Night Mode now has several settings to choose from, including something called Starry Mode. Like the astrophotography mode of the Google Pixel 4, Realme claims that it will allow you to capture stars in the sky, constellations, etc. A clear night sky is a prerequisite for this type of shot, so I hope the rain gods will have mercy on me. I will test it in the next few days.

The Realme X3 SuperZoom starts at Rs. 27,999, which is a very aggressive price when you consider the entire package on offer. We’ll be testing its cameras, battery life, and overall performance over the next few days, so stay tuned for a full review coming soon.


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